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Current Conditions - Lacey, WA
Forecast for Lacey
The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a
* Flood Warning for
the Cowlitz river at Randle
* from this morning to Monday afternoon.
* At 6:00 am Sunday the stage was 14.7 feet.
* Flood stage is 18.0 feet.
* Moderate flooding is forecast.
* Forecast... the river will rise above flood stage around 11 am
Sunday and crest near 20.4 feet around 5 PM Sunday. The river will
fall below flood stage Monday morning.
* Impact... at 20.0 feet... the Cowlitz river will cause flooding from
the vicinity of Randle downstream through Riffe Lake... inundating
many roads including US Highway 12 and much of The Farm lands.
Lat... Lon 4645 12180 4645 12194 4640 12219 4654 12220 4659 12198
... Flood Watch remains in effect through late tonight...
The Flood Watch continues for
* portions of western Washington... including the following
counties... Jefferson... King... Lewis... Mason... Pierce...
* Through late tonight
* rivers are rising sharply this morning... the result of another
round of heavy rain in the mountains. Minor flooding remains
possible on the rivers in the watch area.
* Recent rainfall has increased the threat of landslides
throughout western Washington and a few landslides have already
occurred. Additional landslides could be triggered by this next
round of heavy rain.
A Flood Watch means conditions are favorable for flooding but
flooding is not imminent or occurring. Monitor the latest
forecasts from the National Weather Service and be ready to act
quickly if flooding is observed or a warning is issued.
... Recent heavy rainfall has lead to an increased threat of
landslides in western Washington...
Several inches of rain over the past several days has increased soil
moisture to high levels across western Washington. Rainfall amounts
in the last 18 hours have been over 3 inches in the mountains and as
much as 2 inches in The Lowlands. This heavy rainfall will add to
the problem of already saturated soils. Rainfall and saturated soils
will put extra pressure on soil instability... leading to an
increased risk of landslides.
Cumulative rainfall over the last week has soaked soils to the
point where the Washington landslide risk level is at elevated
levels. Several landslides have already been reported in various
locations across western Washington... including near Mukilteo and
Auburn as well as on Highway 101 near the Hood Canal. More
landslides are possible over the next couple of days.
With an elevated landslide risk... rainfall induced landslides are
possible during bursts of intense rainfall or when there is heavy
rainfall over a period of a day or two as noted in the forecast
elevated risk level. A gradually diminishing risk of landslides
will continue for several days after the rain ends. Areas most
susceptible to landslides under these conditions are steep coastal
Bluffs and other steep hillsides.
For more information about current conditions... visit
www.Weather.Gov/Seattle... select hydrology... and then scroll down
for the links to the landslide information pages.
To report landslides to the state for tabulation... go to the
Washington state landslide risk web Page and the link for
Personal Weather Stations
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